Alert: Flawed Test Kits for Coronavirus Sent to Some States

Posted 12 days ago by Eileen Rodgers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Feb. 12 that some coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits shipped to state health departments are not working as intended, providing inconclusive results. This finding was identified during a verification and quality control process and did not involve actual specimens collected from patients. Tests identified during the verification process provided inconclusive test results. Not all states are impacted. States that have been successful at verifying the kits work can continue with testing. For states impacted, the CDC recommends continued use of the CDC's central lab for testing.

To remedy the issue, the reagent that is not performing consistently will undergo remanufacturing. All states will receive the remanufactured ingredient once available. For more information on COVID-19 and best practice resources, links to your local and state health departments, and guides for testing Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19, visit www.nursingworld.org/coronavirus.